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Horizon Elementary

From the Desk of Mr. Novotny

April/May, 2020

Parents and Guardians,

I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy. I appreciate your flexibility during this difficult time. Our staff is working hard to provide your student with valuable learning and feedback time. I have had the opportunity to be a part of several GoogleMeets and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing our students' faces. As we move toward the end of the school year please note the following:

April 24th - Return of students school supplies (information below).

Chromebook exchange: Every Wednesday 9:00-10:00am (Must contact the teacher and set up an appointment).

Yearbook: We are currently working with our vendor to have them completed. See upcoming email about timelines and the opportunity to purchase online.

Class Placement: See the information below.

Please note that teachers will be reachable Monday through Friday 9am to 11am via email, to assist with any questions your student(s) may have regarding the Boise School District learning content that will be provided weekly. Specific teacher email addresses can be found on the Horizon website in the staff directory.

Please continue to read the weekly updates from the Boise School District. You can find the updates at www.boiseschools.org.

As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Mr. Novotny

Horizon Calendar

Check out the Horizon calendar for important dates and information.


Return of Student Supplies

April 17, 2020


We will be returning your child’s items that have been left at school on April 24, 2020. Items left in the student's desk, any medication, and musical instruments will all be returned on this day. We are also asking that you return any library books or musical instruments that belong to the school, at this time. To ease congestion, we are asking you to use the schedule shown in the image below.

If there is a personal item at Horizon that belongs to your student but is not in their desk, please email me at steve.novotny@boiseschools.org with details by Monday, April 20th and we will do our best to locate it.

Procedure: Do Not exit your vehicle until directed to do so.

1. Pull up and provide the staff member with the Last name(s) of the student whose items you are picking up.

2. Staff will pull items and place them on the table directly in front of you.

3. Pull up to the table and wait for the staff member to exit the area.

4. Retrieve items and place any library books or instruments on the table.

5. Exit out of the parking area.

Items that were in the lost and found will be kept at Horizon and students can look through them when we return to school in the fall.


Steve Novotny


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Stay-at-Home Learning Materials

Daily, grade-by-grade and course-specific lessons for the week are now available on our Stay-at-Home Learning website. These lessons have been created to reinforce essential concepts and provide opportunity for growth and enrichment for your students, as well as ensure consistent, meaningful learning and feedback from teachers.

We understand that balancing all of life's demands is challenging for parents during this time. The lessons provided in our emergency remote learning initiative are designed to give parents and students maximum flexibility, as well as keep your children engaged and learning. Please work with your child's teacher to determine the best fit for your family's situation.

Technology Support

If you need help with your district chromebook, please contact our support team, you can reach us at 208-854-6670 or visit our Help Desk Website.

Our IT team is taking calls from 7am to 9pm Monday through Friday and 10am-2pm on Saturday.

Student Login and Help Desk Information
Responsible use of technology expectations
Mobile phone hotspots with current carriers
Community based wifi

Internet Filter:

As we move forward with our new learning opportunities, we want to team with you in providing a safe online experience. Specifically, for those families using district provided chromebooks, we will continue to make you aware of potential misuse or attempts to access inappropriate content. Teamwork truly is the key to success as we move forward. No filter can block every intentional attempt to access inappropriate content. However, we will contact you if our team sees activity of which you should be aware.

Additional Resources

SAFE Funds for Families in Need
Boise Schools Foundation is working with principals and social workers to identify and address immediate needs for families through our SAFE fund. We ask for the community to not drop off food, hygiene or clothing donations directly at schools. The best way to help right now is to make a donation for SAFE at www.boiseschoolsfoundation.com.

Community Education
In compliance with our current soft school closure through May 22nd, and due to public health concerns regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), Boise School District’s Spring 2020 Community Education session has been canceled.

For More Information
Web: COVID-19 Response
Twitter: @BSDEducation
Instagram: @boiseschools
Facebook: facebook.com/boiseschools

Class Placement

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Classroom placement at Horizon Elementary is a team effort involving the classroom teachers, parents, specialists, and principals. In an effort to provide the best education possible, Horizon staff will consider the class size, ratio of boys to girls, student abilities, special needs, and personalities of students and teachers. After consideration of all of the factors listed above, the principal will be responsible for making the final assignment. To help us determine optimum class placement for your child, you have the opportunity to provide us specific input regarding placement for 2020-21.

If you would like input in your child’s placement for next year, please fill out this form no later than April 24, 2020.


If you cannot access this form please send an email to steve.novotny@boiseschools.org with an email that contains the learning style of your child, requested teacher's name, and the reason for the selection. The team, including your child’s current teacher, other current grade level teacher(s), school counselor, specialists, and administrator will take these recommendations into consideration as they work to create the class lists for next year. It is the goal of everyone at Horizon to have balanced classes of students who will be able to reach their highest academic potential.

Please keep in mind, there are no guarantees, but we will make every effort to honor requests.

Steve Novotny

Boise Pre-K Project

At Hawthorne, Horizon, Whitney, Garfield and Whittier

We are looking for three and four year-olds to join our classes!

What will children do at Pre-K?

  • Play Sing

  • Listen to stories Create art

  • Learn ABCs and 123s Learn literacy skills

  • Make friends Have a great time!

Is your child ready for Pre-K?

  • Child must have reached age 3 (or 4) by September 1.

  • Child must be independent in the bathroom.

  • Child must attend at least 90% of the time.

  • Parents must participate/help at school a minimum of 2 hours a week.

  • The family must provide transportation to and from school.

Preschool Information:

  • There is no cost for this program.

  • We offer an AM and PM sessions.

  • Our classes meet 5 days a week, and we follow the Boise School District calendar.

  • If you are interested in our Pre-K program please fill out the interest form (see downloadable PDF below) and return it to your school.

  • We will contact you to schedule a time for you to bring your child to school for a short, fun screening assessment.

  • There are 36 spots available in Pre-K program at each school. Children living within Hawthorne, Horizon, Whitney, Garfield or Whittier attendance areas have priority.

    • If we have room in class, we may fill spots with other children who live within the same high school quadrant and demonstrate financial need. As our classes fill, children may be placed on a waiting list until there is space available in class.

Please let neighborhood friends, family and neighbors know about our new Pre-K classes!

News from the Nurse’s Office

Hello everyone! I hope you and your families are doing well and staying healthy. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any needs/questions that I may be able to help with.

Included below is a kid-friendly book from Healthwise that you might be interested in for your students, to help explain what's going on.

Also, Hesperian Health Guides has created a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet to share essential information about how the virus infects and spreads, who is most likely to be infected, and how to prevent infection. It is available in multiple languages.

Thank you!

Nurse Jenny

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Roaring Readers

For those students who previously completed and qualified for the Roaring Readers program, please note the following information:

  1. Roaring Springs is extending the expiration date on the free ticket. For the 2020 season only, Roaring Reader tickets will give the participating student one (1) free admission from opening day – through September 7, 2020 (Labor Day).
  2. Due to limitations, tickets will not be mailed. For the 2020 season only, students who earned a Roaring Reader Ticket will pick up their ticket at the Roaring Springs Waterpark Ticket Booth on the day of their visit. The ticket will be in will-call under the students name. The will-call list will be generated from the submitted Teacher Rosters.
  3. Below is an updated certificate of completion. Roaring Springs has added instructions for the student on how to pick up their ticket.

Please contact julie.geisbush@boiseschools.org with questions or concerns.

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Summer School

To continue to protect the health and safety of our students and staff, Boise School District will offer remote, online courses for junior high and high school Summer School. Curriculum will be delivered through FuelEducation and supported by Boise School District teachers. All District Grading and Assessment Policies will be followed.

Courses will include those offered in previous summers to students in grades 7 - 12 such as English, Mathematics, History, Health, PE, Economics, Speech and Critical Literacy.

Registration for the Secondary Summer School program will open on Monday, April 20, 2020.

At this time, due to ongoing concerns associated with active cases of COVID-19 in the community, Boise School District does not anticipate offering in-person K-6 Elementary Summer School programs that are traditionally designed to provide focused intervention to eligible students who are underperforming in core content areas.

For more information, please contact Holly MacLean at holly.maclean@boiseschools.org.

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Horizon Elementary

Steve Novotny- Principal

Dan Knight- Assistant Principal

Stephani Bothen- Administrative Assistant